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Monday, 15 December 2014 06:58 By Patricia Mahoney
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Many countries have laws against gender-based violence and they need to enforce them equitably and consistently

On December 10, we celebrated International Human Rights Day. It marked the end of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence that began on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

While human rights and gender equality should be respected every day, this anniversary offers a special opportunity to renew the global commitment to free women and girls from violence.  Regardless of where it occurs; whether in the United States or Uganda, violence against women and girls diminishes the dignity of all humankind.

This is because a society is as strong as all of its members. When women and girls are not given equal opportunities in education, healthcare, employment, and political participation, they cannot contribute to their nation’s prosperity, security, and democratic institutions.

In contrast, the International Monetary Fund estimates that simply having an equal number of men to women in the formal labour force can increase a country’s GDP growth from 5 per cent to as much as 34 per cent!

 
Monday, 08 December 2014 09:10 By Enock Nyorekwa Twinoburyo
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His recent statements are same as swearing never to drink again on a hangover morning

In recent days, the public has been awash with the recent Bank of Uganda (BoU) Governor’s public statement on being misled in 2011 election spending, subsequently leading for a record high inflation (30% in October 2011), the highest  in the last 2 decades. The Governor has subsequently clarified alluding to the fact that the net amount lent to government in 2011 was Shs94 billion which is less than one quarter of 1% of GDP thus having limited impact on the money supply and this inflation.

Against the backdrop of inflation spiral in 2011, BoU adopted an inflation targeting lite framework where it uses the Central Bank Rate (CBR) to guide the interest rates and ultimately the public expectations. This regime is associated with the trinity characteristics of maintaining price stability, independence, and accountability of the central bank. The key fundamentals with this framework are transparency and communication.

Under the policy, investors know what BoU considers the target inflation rate to be and therefore may more easily factor in likely interest rate changes in their investment choices. In 2011, the CBR was changed from 11% (July 2011) to 23% (Nov 2011 to Jan 2012) to the current 11% in response to evolving economic conditions. This successfully reduced inflation to lower than the BoU target of 5%.

 
Sunday, 16 November 2014 22:47 By Dave Jenkins
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Here is why Andrew Mwenda could try being a Christian pastor instead

On Sept.15, my good friend, Andrew Mwenda wrote in The Independent “AHA: A reply to “Christian” critics”.  He raises many good points that are both Biblical and represent historic Christian teaching.  Yet, I think a deeper discussion is merited.

Social media now shows us how deeply misplaced some theories of Christianity are.  Those commentaries miss what it means to be “Christian?”   Though our contemporary times frequently use the term, “Christian” it is only used in the Bible three times (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16.)  Many scholars conclude the first usage of the word “Christian” was actually an insult to those who believed in Jesus of Nazareth’s resurrection.  The second time is when an imprisoned Paul tries to persuade King Agrippa to believe, and King Agrippa flippantly asks, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”  Lastly, Peter uses the word, “Christian” to explain suffering without shame.  Thus the very use of the name Christian should never entail a sense of towering over one’s opponent.  Instead to be “Christian” means coming to be near and suffer with those suffering.  It is in that relinquishment of hunger for human dominance that we become truly “Christian.”

 
Monday, 10 November 2014 06:45 By Kavuma-Kaggwa
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Former President Idi Amin Dada’s words fit perfectly into the behaviours of African president kicked out of power

African countries started to achieve Independence from European colonialists in 1960 although Ghana, in West Africa gained Independence on March 6, 1957. Many wonderful things have happened in Africa since Independence and how those who were affected reacted is full of humour.

The saying – “many wonderful things happen in Africa” started with former President, Gen. Idi Amin Dada at the OAU Heads of State Summit in 1976 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Amin wanted President Nyerere of Tanzania to shake his hand. Nyerere had refused to talk to Amin since 1971 when he (Amin) overthrew the Milton Obote government in Uganda.

When addressing the summit Amin quickly coined a joke and said – “My fellow African leaders, many things happen in Uganda, trees fall and they stand and we don’t import water”. He actually demonstrated how trees fell. Nyerere was sitting right in front of the podium, and when Amin moved to shake his hand, he burst wildly into laughter and straightaway stood up, and shook Amin’s hand. The entire Conference burst into laughter.

 
Sunday, 02 November 2014 22:29 By Abdul Tejan-Cole
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The world needs a flexible, adaptive, ethical, and transparent approach to treatment and prevention

The Ebola epidemic is threatening not only West Africans’ lives, but also the progress toward democracy, economic growth, and social integration that Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have made in the last decade. In order to protect their achievements, the three countries’ governments, which comprise the Mano River Union, must buttress their response to the current epidemic with a coordinated strategy to prevent future outbreaks.

But they cannot do it alone. Though several experimental treatments and at least two candidate vaccines had been in development when Ebola emerged unexpectedly early this year, progress had stalled well before any were deemed ready to be tested in humans. After all, clinical research to assess the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and vaccines can happen only during an epidemic.

As health workers labour tirelessly to care for those who have been infected, monitor those who may have come in contact with the virus, and prevent further transmission, researchers have a limited window of opportunity to learn how to treat and prevent the disease. In order to accelerate progress, governance of the clinical trials must be transparent, and all knowledge about the disease, including developments regarding potential treatments and vaccines, must be shared openly – imperatives that will require strong public-health leadership in both the Mano River countries and the developed world.

 

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